New York may not win a lot of beer awards, but when we do, we win gold, baby.
The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) celebrated its 35th year in Denver this weekend, bringing 60,000 craft beer enthusiasts and industry members together to sample nearly 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries. The festival, presented by the Brewers Association, took place at the Colorado Convention Center from Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8.
On Saturday morning, the GABF awards ceremony, now in its 30th year, awarded 286 medals to 254 breweries for exemplary renditions of 161 beer styles submitted in 96 categories. Though the top state winners by ratio of medals to entries per state were Wyoming (45 entries and 5 medals), Hawaii (28 entries and 3 medals) and Virginia (200 entries and 14 medals), New York walked off with gold medals in four categories: Honey Beer; Barrel-Aged Sour Beer; Belgian-Style Witbier; and Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale.
GABF Gold Medal Award Winners in New York State
Great South Bay Brewery
Bay Shore, Long Island
Jetty Cream Ale
Lake George, NY
Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Sour Project Ale
Ommegang Witte Ale
Broken Bow Brewery
Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
Old Split-Foot Belgian Triple
New York breweries pouring at the Great American Beer Festival included (NYC breweries are in bold): 1940’s Brewing Company (Holbrook, NY), Big Alice Brewing Company (Long Island City, NY), Blue Point Brewing Co. (Patchogue, NY), Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY), Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY), CH Evans Brewing Co. (Albany, NY), Chelsea Craft Brewing Co, (Bronx, NY), Cooperstown Brewing Co. (Milford, NY), Genesee Brewing Co. (Rochester, NY), Great South Bay Brewery (Bay Shore, NY), Gun Hill Brewing Co. (Bronx, NY), Matt Brewing Co. (Utica, NY), Port Jeff Brewing Co. (Port Jefferson, NY), Prison City Brewing (Auburn, NY), Shmaltz Brewing Co. (Clifton Park, NY), Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, NY), Southern Tier Brewing Co. (Lakewood, NY) and Spider Bite Brewing Co. (Holbrook, NY).
CONGRATULATIONS, NEW YORK BEER!